About Our Firm

Think and Ink Grants™ helps organizations research and write foundation and government grants benefitting

women, children, health, and education. 

Our Seven Corporate Values
  1. We put our clients first- we work with you where you are and help you advance to where you want to be.

  2. We value and celebrate diversity in all forms through our clients, contractors, employees, and suppliers.

  3. ​We believe in the value of human connections: being connected with each other, our clients, with our friends and families, and our communities not only makes us better human beings but better employees.

  4. We believe in performing at a level of utmost excellence, for ourselves and for our clients.

  5. We believe in depositing good into the world and advancing philanthropy over personal gain. 

  6. We are committed to ethical decision making and uphold codes of ethics as outlined by organizations that we are members of: the Grant Professional Association and the Association for Fundraising Professionals

  7. We invest and are committed to improving our communities by volunteering our time, energy and talents.

How We Work

Learn about our Get.Grants.Better™ three-phase approach here:

Nonprofit Consulting and Grant Research

The first phase of our grant-seeking process is Nonprofit Consulting and Grant Research. In this phase, it’s important to be able to clearly articulate and define your organization with each specific funder in mind.

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Grant Writing

 

One thing you probably know is that funders are inundated with grant applications.

 

So, naturally, finding a way to stand out is important. That’s why we use a specific formula to create our Think and Ink Grants™  Competitive Proposals.

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Grant Management and Evaluation

What we’re about to share is one of the largest mistakes we see organizations make: Most organizations do not manage the funder relationship appropriately or set up the correct processes to keep funding relationships strong.

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Our Team

Our firm is proud to support the personal and professional growth of our team and all they do to help our clients. 

 

Our team of consultants has years of experience in grant research, grant writing, nonprofit consulting, and grant management and evaluation support. 

 

We uphold the professional standards and ethics set forth by the Grant Professionals Association and many of us are active members.   Learn more about the Grant Professionals Association and our commitment to upholding professional standards here.

Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC
Founder and CEO
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Shavonn founded Think and Ink Grant Consulting™ in 2016 to help nonprofits get grants better. Her work experience includes working from on all sides of the grant funding spectrum.   

 

As a Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager at Bank of America, Shavonn distributed $1.2 million in funding to Atlanta nonprofits.  She also co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Blue Flowers Org in 2014 and won 100% of grants submitted.  Now she gets grants for her clients at Think and Ink Grant Consulting and has successfully leveraged over $25 million in funding for her clients.

With over 16 years of experience, Shavonn helps your organization effectively tell your story to appeal to potential funders.  She believes in supporting you where you are today to get your organization to where you want to be tomorrow.

 

Shavonn earned her M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and B.B.A from Howard University in Washington, DC.   Shavonn is a  Grant Profession Certified (GPC) credential holder.

 

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Natalie Alfaro Frazier
Grant Professional

Natalie has always been passionate about social change. From a young age, this manifested as a keen perception of injustice and unfairness and confidence to question the status quo. She was lucky to have mentors and adults in her life hone these “leadership qualities” into something productive. This passion for the public sector was further refined after completing a Bachelors degree in Global Development Studies from Seattle Pacific University where she realized she was enthralled by the nonprofit sector and its role in civil society. She went on to receive a Masters degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Community Development from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

 

During her graduate program, she had the opportunity to lead consulting projects and organizational development projects in the United States, El Salvador, and Nicaragua. Natalie has 10+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector volunteering, interning, and working in various nonprofit fields. In addition to grant writing, Natalie also has a background in organizational development, program development, project management, workshop facilitation, adult learning curriculum development, and participatory action research and similar evaluation methodologies. 

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Meg Hagen, GPC
Grant Professional

Meg Hagan has 10+ years in the nonprofit industry. The first five years of her career were in events, volunteer management, and program design and facilitation. In 2015 she began her career as a grant writer. Meg has raised close to $3M for nonprofits from private, corporate, community, and government foundations in the area of affordable housing, youth development, and homelessness and has increased prospect pipelines by 95% through refined research, cultivation, and persuasive writing appeals. 

Meg is an outcome-driven, research-based grant writer who is passionate about helping nonprofits create internal processes, procedures, and infrastructures that result in a long-term successful grants program. She most enjoys the build-out and development of grant-related necessities, databases, and relationship building that leads to a robust prospect pipeline and grant submissions.

Her favorite thing about this work is still being able to contribute to the greater good of a community from behind a computer screen and the collaboration, strategic planning, program interactions, and relationship building that gets to be part of her every day!  

Meg has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and received her Grant Professional Certification in 2019. Meg resides in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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Sara Holifield
Grant Professional

Sara Holifield is an experienced nonprofit professional that specializes in grant writing, event coordination, and project management. She has worked in organizations dedicated to youth empowerment, victim services, and healthcare access, including the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

 

A native of the Midwest, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Iowa before receiving a certificate in event planning from Belmont University. She is passionate about helping organizations achieve their goals while staying on budget. In her spare time, Sara writes fiction from her home in Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband and one ungrateful cat. 

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Dana Patterson
Grant Professional

Dana (she/her) has spent her career supporting nonprofits at the programmatic and development level. As a grants professional, she has written winning proposals, letters of inquiry, and follow-up reports for private, state, and federal grants totaling over $63,000,000. In 2017, Dana started an independent grant consultant business to assist 510(c)(3) nonprofits with the entire grants lifecycle including research, writing, and post-award management. As a grants manager, she cultivates funder relationships, streamlines processes, and pursues new funding (including a $15,000,000 expansion for FY20-21 - the largest expansion in the organization’s 40-year history).

Dana serves as treasurer for the Grant Professional Association Greater Bay Area chapter to support local grant professionals. As a member of the Young Professionals Committee Silicon Valley chapter, Dana supports Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in innovative ways to engage new and existing donors. Notably, she helped develop and launch the monthly giving program, Young Philanthropists.

Dana is a proud Hayward native in the San Francisco Bay Area and completed her BA in Global Studies and minor in Labor Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). She was one of nine students in her graduating class to receive the highest academic honor granted by the College of Letters & Sciences.

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Dr. Jerome Schiele
Evaluator

Jerome H. Schiele is a Professor and Chair of the PhD Department in the School of Social Work at Morgan State University.  A native of Hampton, Virginia, Dr. Schiele received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Hampton University in 1983, and attained both his master's and doctoral degrees in social work from Howard University. Dr. Schiele has 30 years of higher education experience and has served in both faculty and administrative positions.  Before arriving at Morgan State University, he was Professor and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at Bowie State University and a Professor and Associate Dean in the School of Social Work at the University of Georgia. He also has taught and served in administrative roles at Norfolk State University, Clark Atlanta University, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He also previously served as Professor and inaugural Director of the PhD program in social work at Morgan State University.

 

Dr. Schiele’s research focuses on social policy analysis, racial oppression, and cultural diversity/competence.  He has published numerous scholarly articles, essays, and book chapters, which appear in major academic periodicals and publications. Dr. Schiele also is author of the book, Human Services and the Afrocentric Paradigm (The Haworth Press, 2000—now Routledge Press), editor of the book, Social Welfare Policy: Regulation and Resistance among People of Color (Sage Publications, 2011; Cognella Press, 2nd. Ed., 2020), and co-author with Phyllis Day of the book, A New History of Social Welfare, 7th edition (Pearson Publishers, 2013).

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